Free agent Richard Sherman is reportedly receiving interest from several teams, including the 49ers.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported on Sunday morning that Sherman had recently received calls from the 49ers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his first team – the Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers have been in contact with Sherman since signing his contract in March. They also now have a more pressing need with Jason Verrett out for the season and Emmanuel Moseley missing his second week in a row with his own knee injury.
“We discussed it and I also spoke to Sherm about it,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said after San Francisco’s win in Week One. “Sherm is always a possibility.
Tampa Bay needs Sherman with starter Sean Murphy-Bunting indefinitely at a dislocated elbow, and the Seahawks have long been open about Sherman’s possible return to where he began his career.
Sherman, 33, has spent his last three seasons with the 49ers. But the three-time All-Pro only played five games last season due to a calf injury. He’s had a tumultuous offseason, which included an arrest in the Seattle area. Sherman was arrested on five counts of misdemeanor, including impaired driving and second degree trespassing.
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The NFL took no disciplinary action against Sherman. He would likely be available to play right away, as the league typically doesn’t impose penalties until legal proceedings are completed.
Pelissero reports that Sherman lost 15 pounds, lost 195 pounds in Seattle, and has been in therapy since his arrest in July.
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